Brendan Kane

Kane-Brendan-imagePh.D., Princeton
Associate Professor of History
Assistant Director, Public Humanities – UCHI

Hours, Fall 2018: tba
Office: Wood Hall, Rm 325
Phone: (860) 486-3224
Fax: (860) 486-0641


Areas of Specialty

Early modern Britain and Ireland; Reformation; early modern Atlantic World


Current Research Interests

Gaelic Irish views of England and the English; Sir James Ware; early modern historiography; knowledge and the legitimacy of power in early modern Ireland; gender and politics; reading early modern Irish (digital humanities project)



Brendan Kane is from Reading, Pennsylvania, and received a B.A. in history from the University of Rochester, an M.Phil in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a PhD from Princeton. Prior to coming to the University of Connecticut in 2005, he spent a year as the NEH/Keough Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough Institute of Irish Studies. Currently he serves as UConn’s representative to the Folger Shakespeare Library and as Vice-President of the Northeast Conference on British Studies.


Selected Publications


Elizabeth I and Ireland (co-edited with Valerie McGowan-Doyle), Cambridge University Press (2014)

Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland (with Thomas Herron), Folger Shakespeare Library (2013)

The politics and culture of honour in Britain and Ireland, 1541-1641, Cambridge University Press, Studies in Early Modern British History (2010; paperback 2014)


Articles and Book Chapters

“The politics of race in Britain and Ireland,” (with R. Malcolm Smuts) in Smuts (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare (Oxford UP; 2016), pp. 346-66.

“Masculinity and political geographies in England, Ireland and North America,” European Review of History/Revue européenne d’histoire, 22/4 (2015), pp. 595-619.

“Reading for Gender,” co-authored with Kenneth Gouwens and Laurie Nussdorfer, European Review of History/Revue européenne d’histoire, 22/4 (2015), pp. 527­–35.

“Elizabeth I and Ireland: an introduction,” co-authored with Valerie McGowan-Doyle, in Kane and McGowan-Doyle (eds.) Elizabeth I and Ireland (Cambridge UP, 2014), pp. 1-14.

“Elizabeth I and rebellion in England and Ireland: semper eadem?” in Kane and McGowan-Doyle (eds.) Elizabeth I and Ireland (Cambridge UP, 2014), pp. 261-285.

“Introduction: Human rights and the history of violence in the early British Empire,” History (2014), 383-402.

“Ordinary violence? Ireland as emergency in the Tudor State,” History (2014), 444-67.

“Being noble in Ireland before Henry VIII,” Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, xxxii (2012 – published Jan 2014), 180-97.

“Languages of legitimacy? An Ghaeilge, the earl of Thomond and British politics in the Renaissance Pale, 1600-24,” in Michael Potterton and Thomas Herron (eds.), Dublin and the Pale in the Renaissance c. 1540-1660 (Dublin: Four Courts, 2011), pp. 267-79.

“Scandal, Wentworth’s deputyship, and the breakdown of ‘British’ honor politics,” in Brian Mac Cuarta, SJ (ed.), Reshaping Ireland 1550-1700: Colonization and Its Consequences (Four Courts Press, April 2011), pp. 147-62.

“A dynastic nation? rethinking national consciousness in early seventeenth-century Ireland” in David Finnegan, Marie-Claire Harrigan, and Eamonn Ó Ciardha (eds.) Imeacht na n-Iarlaí: The Flight of the Earls (Guildhall Press, Derry; 2010), pp. 124-131.

“Domesticating the Counter Reformation: bridging the bardic and Catholic traditions in Geoffrey Keating’s The Three Shafts of Death,” The Sixteenth Century Journal, xi (Winter, 2009), pp. 1029-1044.

“From Irish eineach to British honor? Noble honor and high politics in early modern Ireland, 1500-1650,” History Compass (Winter, 2009)

“Making the Irish European: Gaelic honor politics and its continental contexts,” Renaissance Quarterly 61/4 (Winter, 2008), pp. 1139-1166.

“Wentworth, Ireland and the politics of patriarchy: the case of Adam Loftus, Lord Chancellor of Ireland,” Foilsiú: an interdisciplinary journal of Irish Studies, vol. 4, no. 1 (Spring 2004), 29-38.

“No poor mouthing here: teaching Irish through use of a novel,” with Donald MacNamara and Ken McIndoe in Journal of Celtic Language Learning, vol. 7 (2002), 92-6.


Links of Interest

UConn Humanities Institute

UConn Human Rights Institute

Irish Script Onscreen

Clo Iar-Chonnacht – “Irish Books, Irish Music, Irish Publishing”

H-Albion reviews

Public Discourse Project

Northeast Conference on British Studies